St. Paul Team Takes 1st Place at Nebraska Envirothon

The Nebraska Envirothon championship trophy is headed to St. Paul High School.  The 5-member St. Paul team took top honors at the state contest held at the Lower Loup NRD’s Pibel Lake Recreation Area near Ericson on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  St. Paul team members Marissa Baker, Noah Thede, Dalton Jerabek, Ethan Uhlir, Jackson Seward and FFA Advisor Boyd Bowder will now prepare for the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon competition in North Carolina July 29 - August 2, 2019.

Teams competed in seven areas of environmental studies: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range, policy and on a current environmental issue they presented to a group of judges. This year, the students prepared oral presentations on agriculture and the environment.  Test questions are not only written, but many require hands-on observations, tools, measurements and calculations.  The final results can be found here.

“This competition is such a great opportunity for these students,” said Jim Eschliman of Ericson, vice-president of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) and board member for the Lower Loup Natural Resources District. “Allowing students to get outdoors and learn about natural resources in a hands-on environment is great, this experience exposes students to the many exciting careers in the field of natural resources.  We’re excited to work with the St. Paul team in preparation for the National Competition,” said Eschliman. “We also look forward to next year, when Nebraska’s NRDs will host the 2020 National NCF Envirothon competition.” 

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation is the sponsor of the annual Nebraska Envirothon. The first, second, and third overall placing teams received recognition from the NARD Foundation.  The NARD Foundation provided $1,500 to the first-place St. Paul team.  The second-place team from Loup City (Jakob Jerabek, Dalton Gregory, Taylor Ference, Colleen Fulton, Creighton Harrington, Teresa Walters) received $1,000 and the third-place team from Arapahoe received $500.  Each team must use the money to enhance their high school’s Envirothon, natural resources and agriculture programs.

Awards were also presented to the top team in each testing category.  Concordia Team 2 won first place in Special Topic presentations.  Milford won first place in Forestry.   Concordia Team 1 won first place in Policy.  West Holt, Burwell (Student Teacher Trevor Ginkens, Tell Jensen, Sage Konicek, Logan Smith, Weston Svoboda, Advisor Phil Simpson, Colby Mitchell) and Arapahoe tied for first place in Range.  St. Paul and Concordia Team 1 tied for first place in Soils.  Concordia Team 1 won first place in Aquatics.   First place in Wildlife was a tie between Arapahoe and Logan View.